Known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’, Malawi has several national parks, the most popular being Liwonde. As the Shire River flows along its western border, this means that boat safaris are possible as well as the usual ones on foot or in 4x4s. Wildlife includes large numbers of elephants and kudu, sable and bushbuck, while the river attracts countless hippos and crocodiles. There’s also a wide variety of birds in the park. However, Lake Malawi is the country’s main tourist attraction. This vast ‘inland sea’, which is teeming with fish, is surrounded by beautiful beaches of golden sand and kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving and water skiing are just some of the lake activities available.